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Iran’s Arg-e Bam to be Removed from World Heritage in Danger List

Posted on Jun, 24, 2013
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Iran’s ancient citadel of Bam is scheduled to be removed from the UNESCO list of “World Heritage in Danger” after recent restoration to much of the site .  The Arg-é Bam was the largest adobe building in the world, located in Kerman of southeastern Iran. The devastation of citadel caused by the earthquake which occurred in 2003 led UNESCO to register it on the list of World Heritage in Danger.  The 2003 Earthquake in Bam destroyed more than 80 percent of the Citadel. As a World Heritage site several countries are cooperating in the reconstruction. Japan, Italy, and France are among countries which cooperated from the beginning. Japan has granted some $1,300,000 US dollars to Iran for the reconstruction, and has supported this project by sending equipment and creating the 3D plan of Bam Citadel to increase the accuracy of the renovation. Italy has funded 300,000 US dollars in the salvation project, and has dispatched a team of experts to restore the main tower of Bam. France has helped Iran by providing the map of Bam Citadel. World Bank has also granted a large sum of money to this project.

Before Earthquake

Before Earthquake

After earthquake

After earthquake

Photos of Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam), Bam
During restoration: photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

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